EGYPT: By Invitation Only

With suitable fanfare, President Gamal Abdel Nasser set about creating a little more democracy than has existed in Egypt since he seized power in July 1952. For 22 days a three-man council headed by General Abdel Hakim Amer, Egypt's top military man, had been weeding out undesirables among the 2,508 candidates who filed for the 350-man Parliament in next week's elections. Last week, after Nasser himself had given the list a final pruning, the council announced the 1,322 survivors who would be allowed to submit themselves to the voters.

As the government...

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